London loves: Houses of Parliament afternoon tea and tour

London - Houses of Parliament afternoon tea and tour

Looking for a London experience like no other? I recently discovered that you can enjoy a Houses of Parliament afternoon tea and jumped at the chance to try it. Afternoon tea is combined with guided tour and we loved discovering the stories and history of this remarkable building after indulging in the ritual of cream tea. […]

Grape discoveries on a Bordeaux wine tour

Medoc wine region seen on a Bordeaux wine tour

Vines as far as the eye can see. These rustic vines were sleeping, their leaves mostly shed and branches bare. The fruit was picked many weeks earlier and had been relieved of its juice which lay in barrels fermenting with sugar and yeast. Over the course of the next few months the liquid matures until it is ready […]

A feast! Savouring the authentic tastes of Venice

Venetian seafood cichetti

No trip to Italy would be complete without abundant feasting would it? The problem is where to begin. Luckily Venetian cuisine has a secret weapon in the gluttony stakes – bite sized cicchetti or bar snacks that bear a passing resemblance to tapas. Besides cicchetti there are many delicious local dishes and traditions that are unique to […]

The missing bite .. a discovery of tastes in Italy

Italy food experience - Food festival in Italy

I thought I had planned the perfect trip to Italy’s lakes region. Our itinerary took in historic villas covered in wisteria, perfect lake views and pretty towns. I researched restaurants thoroughly and scheduled visits to local attractions. Everything was going to plan and then we found out about this.. a local food festival. Why hadn’t I […]